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Beethoven, Bruch: Violin Concertos / Grumiaux, Davis, Wallberg

Release Date: 08/29/2006 
Label:  Pentatone   Catalog #: 5186120   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenMax Bruch
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux
Conductor:  Sir Colin DavisHeinz Wallberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw OrchestraPhilharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.


These are quad Philips recordings from 1973–74, deservedly revived in PentaTone’s four-channel surround series. The acoustic in both works is roomy but not blurry, and displays Arthur Grumiaux’s tone to good advantage. Of course, the Belgian violinist never needed any special help from recording technology. He was a consistent artist in all the right ways, as evidenced here. His playing seemed spontaneous but never mannered, dignified but never stiff, the tone silken, the expression eloquent. His account of the Beethoven is patrician, elegant, and lyrical; even the moments of passagework seem like ornate song
Read more rather than noodling. (Grumiaux uses the Kreisler cadenza in the first movement, by the way.) His poise and finesse carry over to the Bruch concerto, a work that can accommodate a hotter, more adventurous approach, but Grumiaux can hardly be accused of iciness or lack of emotion. Heinz Wallberg provides able accompaniment in the Bruch, and Colin Davis is even better than that in the Beethoven; just listen to how he builds a sense of anticipation at the beginning of the first movement. This disc supports my notion that there’s no such thing as an undesirable Arthur Grumiaux recording.

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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1974 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Netherlands 
Length: 41 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Cadenzas by Fritz Kreisler. 
Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26 by Max Bruch
Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)
Conductor:  Heinz Wallberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1973 
Venue:  Brent Town Hall, Wembley, London 
Length: 23 Minutes 4 Secs. 

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